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Video Streaming Premiers at Croton Village Board Meetings

June 20, 2006

Crotonblog would like to offer congratulations and thanks to friend Michael Pollock International for a job very well-done in premiering the first-ever official meeting of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson Board of Trustees delivered to residents over the Internet (see also: “On-Demand Internet Delivered Video of Village Board Meetings Now a Reality for Croton Residents”).

Mr. Pollock’s Internet video streaming service presents viewers with a 320 x 240 Windows Media Player window as viewing platform that is easily accessible by clicking two clearly marked buttons on the village website. Additionally, all past meetings, starting on June 19, are also available online at www.crotononhudson-ny.gov for on-demand viewing without the need for any online registration or proof of residency in Croton.

Video transcript:

Trustee Thomas Brennan: “Ah, I think that ah, are we streaming live tonight? I, I think we are out on email tonight er, not email, on the Internet. So ah, people look out for that. Not sure what the address is but I’m gonna be interested myself in seeing how that works. So, I don’t know how it works. I don’t see anything special going on here tonight.”

Village Manager Rick Herbek: “On the website.”

Mayor Dr. Gregory Schmidt: “It’s on the village website.”

Trustee Thomas Brennan: “It’s an invisible media from this point of view.”

Mayor Dr. Gregory Schmidt: “It’s transmitted right from this to the ah, server.”

Trustee Thomas Brennan: “And ah, that’s it.”

Trustee Ann Gallelli: “I was also going to mention ah, that tonight is the first night that video streaming is occurring and that ah, if you go to the village website, on the home page in the lower left corner, you will find a spot to click on which will get you to it. And all of these meetings from tonight on will now be available to you on-demand basis by going to the same location on the village website and you will be able to watch the meeting anytime you want.”

On June 20, 2006 11:30 AM, Mrs. Smith said:

I have just watched the first video streaming of the village board meeting. What a GREAT service to the village.

Two things jumped out at me though - first, perhaps we need a police presence when Mr. Pellicci is there in such a threatening manner - what was he going to do if Mr Weigman did not stop “smirking”. Having listened to some of the ridiculous and personal comments that Pellicci has made at the podium, he has no place speaking to anyone on the Board the way he does.

Secondly, it was most interesting to hear Greg Schmidt praising the NYCOM conference - wasn’t this exactly what he and Brennan and McCarthy used to villify former Mayor Bob Elliott for being involved with? “Too Regional”? Mayor Elliott was not only past president of the NYCOM Board, he helped put in place the economic development policy that Mayor Schmidt was so enamoured of.



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